Phoebe Prince Family Was Paid $225,000 By MA Town In Suicide Case


The family of Phoebe Prince, the Massachusetts teenager who took her life allegedly in response to a barrage of bullying, received $225,000 from the town and in exchange agreed not to sue the girl's school district, says a copy of the settlement disclosed yesterday and reported by the Boston Globe. South Hadley, Ma., officials had fought disclosure of the settlement, saying it violated a confidentiality agreement with Prince's family, who had accused the school district of ignoring the teenager's suffering.

Prince, a 15-year-old transfer student from Ireland, hanged herself in her home in January 2010. Her death led to a national outcry over bullying in schools. Prince's mother, Anne O'Brien, settled with the town because she wanted to avoid a trial. She feared a public legal proceeding would be painful for the family, which was still reeling from a news story that detailed Prince's medical history. The complaint accused the district of creating an “intimidating, hostile, and sexually offensive educational environment.''

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